Black, White, Other: Biracial Americans Talk About Race and Identity

Black, White, Other: Biracial Americans Talk About Race and Identity

by Lise Funderburg

Paperback(20th Anniversary ed.)

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The groundbreaking oral history, Black, White, Other, made its mark by being the first book to ask black/white biracial people to speak for themselves on matters of race and identity. In the book, journalist Lise Funderburg presents the lives and views of forty-six adult children of black-white unions. Topics include love and marriage, racism in the workplace, religion, community, and bringing up children in a racially divided world.

First published in 1994, Black, White, Other continues to be a relevant and seminal resource in discussions of race in America. Now available in an expanded 20th anniversary edition, it features updated commentary from Lise Funderburg and a foreword by novelist Mat Johnson.

Black, White, Other is not only for the millions of biracial Americans who have yet to see themselves accurately rendered on the page, but also for everyone interested in the subject of race and the prospects for achieving true pluraism in America. The New York Times lauded the book as " example of how we can talk about race with feeling, humor, and dignity." The Buffalo News wrote that the "pages seethe with a tapestry of life....No book is more likely to force a reader to confront his beliefs about race than this one." And The Indianapolis Star noted that “Funderburg lets her subjects ask–and answer–the controversial, touchy questions that many wonder but few dare to pose.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692262740
Publisher: Lise Funderburg
Publication date: 09/13/2017
Edition description: 20th Anniversary ed.
Pages: 374
Sales rank: 1,143,264
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.77(d)

About the Author

Lise Funderburg's groundbreaking oral history, Black, White, Other: Biracial Americans Talk About Race and Identity, was first published in 1994 and has been widely used in the study of race and racial identity. The New York Times praised it for showing us how to talk about race with "feeling, humor, and dignity." Black, White, Other was recently released in a 20th anniversary ebook edition, with a foreword by novelist Mat Johnson. Lise's latest book is the memoir Pig Candy: Taking My Father South, Taking My Father Home (Free Press), a contemplation of life, death, race, and barbecue. Lise's writing has appeared in The Nation, New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Chattahoochee Review. She teaches creative nonfiction writing at The University of Pennsylvania and Rutgers University.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Mat Johnson 9

Introduction 15

PART ONE daily life

CHAPTER 1 Parents and Family 31

CHAPTER 2 Self-Portrait: Sallyann Hobson 65

CHAPTER 3 Neighborhood 81

CHAPTER 4 School 105

CHAPTER 5 Self-Portrait: Michael Tyron Ackley 135

CHAPTER 6 Friends and Strangers 147

CHAPTER 7 Work 165

CHAPTER 8 Love and Romance 187

CHAPTER 9 Other Forces 205

PART TWO beliefs

CHAPTER 10 Religion and Politics 231

CHAPTER 11 Self-Portrait: Zenobia Kujichagulia 267

CHAPTER 12 Prejudice: The Monster Within and Without 283

CHAPTER 13 Are We a Family? 305

CHAPTER 14 The Next Generation 329

Afterword 359

Acknowledgments 361

Index 363

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BLACK, WHITE, OTHER: Biracial Americans Talk About Race and Identity 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
juglicerr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another trip into the endlessly bizarre world of "race."Lise Funderburg is herself biracial, and she has gone around the country interviewing similar people. They discuss how their families handle the matter, how their particular appearance affects how people deal with them, how they see themselves. It is altogether a fascinating and enlightening book.
LGallager on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A collection of personal ruminations by 46 mixed-race Americans about what it was like growing up mixed-race in America, and what it is like for them now as adults, and how their search for identity has affected their lives and their children's lives.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing how these stories have held up over time. Still amazingly honest and still, for better and worse, an accurate reflection of how we deal with raced, otherness, and belonging in this country. The 20-year updates are a great addition to the anniversary ebook edition!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The issue of biracial people has always interested me, especially because I am mixed. My father is half African-American and my mother is white. Most people think I'm hispanic, but when I tell them I'm part black, some people have a weird reaction. My grandparents didn't think it was a good idea for my parents to marry each other because they knew that many people wouldn't accept it. But they have six gorgeous children and eleven beautiful grandchildren. Two of their children became lawyers, one is a professional athlete and I am a dentist. They don't regret their decision one bit!